A Systematic Process Of Connected Laws And Policies Essay

1790 Words Jul 14th, 2015 null Page
Throughout this paper, I will argue that through a systematic process of connected laws and policies, concentrated incarceration formulates a cycle of harm that subdues entire disadvantaged communities. Looking at human capital, social network and social capital, family functioning, child development, and informal social control, I will discuss the ways in which zero tolerance policing has destroyed the ability of urban communities to thrive in society, essentially creating the criminals they aim to imprison. In this way, as illustrated by Randol Contreras, Paul Butler, Matt Taibbi and Todd Clear, pro-social control policy makers shape the path for coercive mobility forcing individuals into correctional institutions, and directly impacting the way their communities of origin operate. The way in which society polices crime has a direct relationship to the groups of people it intends to criminalize. I will use the War-On-Drugs as a prime example of the ways in which law enforcement agencies produce the negative social outcomes within communities of color. Impoverished neighborhoods are being torn apart in The War-On-Drugs where even the smallest offenses are criminalized to great extents. In the case of drug possession, it often results in longer sentences than violent crimes like assault, burglary, auto theft and rape (Butler 46). The incarceration numbers are staggering, Butler reports that over 1.89 million people were arrested on drug charges in 2006 (46). Aggressive…

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